Plastic - Is it good or bad for human health?

17 Aug 2016

As you are reading this article, you may find several plastic items within your reach, your computer or phone, a pen, maybe an old food container in your kitchen. Today, plastic is everywhere in our lives. It has become an icon of convenience culture.



Before we take a call whether plastic we are using is safe or not, it is important to understand different type of plastics.


Society of plastic industry has grouped plastics into 7 different categories & separate code called “SPI” is given to each plastic, which is marked in triangle symbol at the bottom of each plastic bottle.



SPI Code #1:

Plastic marked with an SPI code of 1 is made with polyethylene terephthalate, which is also known as PETE or PET. PETE-based containers sometimes absorb odours and flavors from foods and drinks that are stored inside of them. Items made from this plastic are commonly recycled.


Common Use:

Beverage bottles, medicine jars, peanut butter jars, combs, beanbags, and rope.


Recycled PETE is used to make tote bags, carpet, fiber fill material in winter clothing, and more.


Impression: Okay to use. Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.